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Which San Diego County Casinos Are Reopening?

Four San Diego County casinos will begin reopening this week, two months after temporarily closing due to the coronavirus pandemic. Jamul Casino joins three others reopening -- Sycuan Casino Resort, Valley View Casino & Hotel, and Viejas Casino and Resort -- that follow the sovereign authority of their respective tribes.

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7/29/2020

article Quechan Casino reopens after more than four months
(California) -- The Quechan Casino is ready to welcome guests in phase one of its reopening process. Kyle Gawthorp, Executive Director of Marketing for Quechan Casino...

7/17/2020

article Casino Insider: When will Southern California’s casinos bring back bingo?
(California) -- Though all of Southern California’s casinos are up and running, not everything is back online. Many amenities such as pools, spas, buffets and...

7/15/2020

article Businesses on tribal lands operating while other California businesses close
(California) -- The California Gaming Association is reaching out to Governor Newsom, saying he's applying his policies unfairly. The Governor ordered indoor seating...
press release California Cardroom Operators Call on Governor to Close Tribal Casinos
(California) -- Operators of cardrooms across California have called on Gov. Gavin Newsom to order the closure of tribal casinos amid the surge in coronavirus cases. The...

7/14/2020

article California cardrooms want guv to close tribal casinos
(California) -- California’s cardroom operators want their governor to order the state’s tribal casinos to close, ostensibly to “protect the health and...
article California Gaming Association Tells Gov. Newsom to Close Tribal Casinos, Claiming Health Trumps Sovereignty
(California) -- The California Gaming Association (CGA) has written to Governor Gavin Newsom asking him to order the closure of tribal casinos in the state.
article When will bingo return to Southern California’s casinos?
(California) -- The luck of the draw and the fun of gambling isn’t limited solely to things such as slot machines, table games and off-track betting, but also...

7/13/2020

article California Gaming Association urges Governor Newsom to order all casinos, including on tribal land, to close temporarily
(California) -- Thunder Valley Casino has been under fire in recent days from both current and former workers who say the resort is not doing enough to keep employees...

7/6/2020

article BLOG: The Week In Sports Betting News: Will 2022 Be Golden?
(California) -- Happy Monday, everyone. Leagues continue to announce more and more news that suggests sports betting should be back in full swing by the end of the month...

7/5/2020

article California tribes get more time for betting ballot, cardrooms shut again
(California) -- California’s tribal casino operators have been given more time to pursue legal sports betting while the state’s cardroom operators have been...

7/3/2020

article Casino Insider: How the casinos enforce their rules
(California) -- When it comes to visiting the region’s casinos, things are much different than the pre-coronavirus era. Casinos across the region say you must wear...

7/2/2020

article Two desert casinos press forward with fireworks as state urges caution
(California) -- Two tribal-owned casinos in Riverside and San Bernardino counties are moving forward with plans for Fourth of July fireworks viewings this weekend, as...

7/1/2020

article How casinos are enforcing mask, smoking rules during coronavirus
(California) -- Casinos have reopened in Southern California, but there are rules in the new normal created by the novel coronavirus pandemic. All of the tribal-owned...

6/29/2020

article Konocti Vista Casino Offering Fireworks This Fourth of July
(California) -- Konocti Vista Casino has teamed up with Mission Grown Medicinals, Big Valley Rancheria Smoke Shop and Lake County Tribal Health Consortium to continue...

6/28/2020

article Casino Workers Voice Concerns Over Safety Protocols, Enforcement
(California) -- Casinos are up and running with modifications due to COVID-19, but some casino workers said establishing protocols might not be enough, and more might be...

6/27/2020

article VIDEO: Casino Workers Share Safety Protocol Concerns
(California) -- Some workers said they have concerns about the enforcement of safety measures at reopened casinos. NBC 7’s Claudette Stefanian has more.
article Lake County casinos gradually reopening
(California) -- Casinos in Lake County have been gradually reopening since June 15, despite the fact Gov. Gavin Newsom wrote a letter to tribal leaders pleading with...

6/24/2020

article San Diego County Investigating COVID-19 Cases Possibly Linked to Casinos
(California) -- San Diego County Public Health officials said Wednesday they are working with tribal lands to investigate positive COVID-19 cases that may be connected...

6/23/2020

press release Local Casinos Bet on Buffet Replacement
(California) -- Buffets are gone, and we don’t know if they’re ever going to come back. The joys of this style of all-you-can-eat dining are now a treasured...

6/22/2020

article Which Southern California casinos have resumed bus programs
(California) -- As Southern California’s tribal-owned casinos have reopened they’ve powered on slot machines, fired up the grills at restaurants and some...

6/15/2020

article RADIO: CA Tribal Leaders Say Casino Gambling in State is Much Safer than Las Vegas Right Now
(California) -- Yes, some Vegas casinos opened earlier this month. But as KCBS Radio's Megan Goldsby reports, some California tribal leaders say you’ll be much...
article Augustine Casino in Coachella Reopens
(California) -- Augustine Casino in Coachella reopened Monday with several modifications after being closed for three months due to the coronavirus pandemic. All guests...

6/13/2020

article Why three tribal casinos in Southern California waited until June to reopen
(California) -- In Southern California, many Native American-owned casinos reopened in a flurry last month, welcoming back crowds of customers and implementing new...
article Augustine Casino In Coachella To Reopen Monday
(California) -- Augustine Casino in Coachella will reopen Monday with several modifications after being closed for three months due to the coronavirus pandemic. All...

6/12/2020

article Augustine Casino in Coachella To Reopen Monday
(California) -- Augustine Casino in Coachella will reopen Monday with several modifications after being closed for three months due to the coronavirus pandemic. All...

6/10/2020

article Casinos are Open / For some staff, it's too big a gamble
(California) -- On May 12, staffers received word from their manager at Bear River Casino Resort saying it would be opening in 10 days and employees were expected to...
article Casinos are open after coronavirus closures: What you need to know before visiting
(California) -- When the novel coronavirus began to spread in Southern California, it brought the region’s casinos to a screeching halt, with players not able to...
article Casinos reopen with COVID-19 safety protocols
(California) -- As the state of California continues to loosen stay-at-home rules that were in place to combat the spread of the coronavirus, residents were happy to...

6/9/2020

article All tribal-owned casinos open in Sacramento region ahead of California's reopening plan
(California) -- Despite California Governor Gavin Newsom's plan for a staged reopening, casinos across the state have opted to reopen ahead of what Newsom and health...
article Casino Pauma to reopen on Friday
(California) -- Casino Pauma announced plans Monday to reopen its doors at the end of this week, becoming the last of San Diego County’s casinos to get back into...
article Konocti Vista Casino and Resort to reopen June 15
(California) -- Konocti Vista Casino & Resort is excited to announce that it will reopen on Monday, June 15, at 8 a.m. “We stood with our community when we...
article North County gaming venue is last to reopen in San Diego County region
(California) -- Casino Pauma announced plans Monday to reopen its doors at the end of this week, becoming the last of San Diego County’s casinos to get back into the...

6/8/2020

article Casino Pauma set to reopen Friday
(California) -- Casino Pauma was one of the first casinos in its region to voluntarily close and one of the last to re-open. Casino Pauma has been temporarily closed...
article Thunder Valley among latest casinos to reopen
(California) -- Casinos around the state are reopening for the first time since the stay-at-home order began in March to slow the spread of COVID-19. Among them is...
article Will casino buffets ever return? Three local gaming spots are testing sit-down option
(California) -- As competition for visitor dollars has heated up between local casinos in recent years, one of the most-popular ways the Indian-run gaming venues have...

6/5/2020

article Casino Insider: Here’s why this Coachella casino is staying closed for now
(California) -- We’ve crossed the threshold where there are more casinos open than are not. This week we saw two big casinos — Pechanga Resort Casino near...
article California to Allow Pro Sports, Day Camps as Coronavirus Shutdowns Ease
(California) -- California broadly relaxed its coronavirus-related shutdowns on Friday, moving to allow professional sports to be played without audiences and reopen day...

6/3/2020

article Bay Area casinos pump the brakes on reopening — for now
(California) -- The Bay Area’s tribal casinos aren’t ready to reopen quite yet, even as restrictions to combat the spread of coronavirus relax and casinos...
article Colusa Casino Takes New Precautions As It Reopens Amid Pandemic
(California) -- Colusa Casino is not taking any risks when it comes to reopening amidst a pandemic. There were people waiting at the front door when the casino reopened...
article Colusa Casino reopening to the public today
(California) -- The Cachil Dehe Band of Wintum Indians of the Colusa Indian Community and the Colusa Casino Resort Executive Leadership announced on Friday that Colusa...

6/2/2020

article As other casinos reopen, here’s why Augustine Casino remains closed
(California) -- While many tribal-owned casinos across Southern California have flipped on their slot machines and opened the doors to customers, Augustine Casino is...

6/1/2020

article Jackson Rancheria Casino to reopen June 8
(California) -- Last week, Jackson Rancheria Casino became the fourth Sacramento-area Indian casino to unveil reopening plans, which include a plethora of safety...

5/30/2020

article ‘The moment is right for us’: California moves toward legalized sports betting
(California) -- In the midst of a budget deficit caused by the coronavirus crisis, California could turn to sports betting to increase revenue. Sen. Bill Dodd and...
article Jackson Rancheria, Cache Creek, And Thunder Valley Casinos Set To Reopen On June 8
(California) -- As California moves through the stages of reopening, some casinos across the state are back in business. In Northern California, Jackson Rancheria, Cache...

5/29/2020

article Casino Insider: Some casinos have reopened, here’s what it’s like now
(California) -- A number of Southern California’s tribal casinos have reopened at this point, and things look a lot different than the pre-COVID times. We’re...
article Some casinos have reopened, here’s what it’s like now
(California) -- A number of Southern California’s tribal casinos have reopened at this point, and things look a lot different than the pre-COVID times. We’re...

5/28/2020

article Effort to legalize sports betting cites coronavirus’ attack on economy
(California) -- Ballparks, arenas and ice rinks have sat empty to limit the spread the coronavirus, but a pair of Northern California legislators are betting that...
article Legal sports betting pitched as California budget salve
(California) -- Two California lawmakers on Thursday pitched legalized sports betting as a way to help prop up a state budget devastated by the economic shutdown...
article Another Northern California Indian casino reopening. Casinos in Tahoe, Reno gearing up, too
(California) -- Jackson Rancheria Casino became the fourth Sacramento-area Indian casino to announce a reopening date Thursday, while casinos at Lake Tahoe and Reno said...
article Casino Pauma to remain temporarily closed for the safety of guests, community and employees
(California) -- Choosing to follow the advice of Gov. Gavin Newsom and the guidance of government and health officials instead of the trend of several California-based...
article Gamblers at San Diego casino are separated by plastic partitions at betting tables in 'new normal' of gaming
(California) -- Footage has emerged of what appears to be a 'new normal' when it comes to gaming tables in casinos. In a brief TikTok video shot earlier this...

5/27/2020

article Asserting Sovereignty, Indian Casinos Defy California’s Governor and Reopen
(California) -- It was a high-stakes gamble: a chance to win big at the slot machines but risk getting infected with the coronavirus. Braving a cold drizzle last week,...
article Soboba, Cahuilla casinos reopen after temporary coronavirus closures
(California) -- Soboba Casino Resort near San Jacinto and the new Cahuilla Casino Hotel near Anza both opened their doors to the public on Wednesday, May 27, after...
article Chicken Ranch Casino Sets June 1 Reopening
(California) -- Tribal Leaders of the Chicken Ranch Rancheria Me-Wuk Indians have announced Chicken Ranch Casino’s reopening for is scheduled for 8 a.m., Monday,...
article Valley casinos make their moves toward reopening
(California) -- Two Central Valley casinos are set to reopen after a couple months closed due to coronavirus, while two others are remaining closed for the time being....

5/23/2020

article As coronavirus stay-at-home restrictions ease, California casinos gamble on reopening
(California) -- Michael L. Fennell says he has spent a good portion of his 70 years gambling, so he knows the difference between a long shot and a sure bet. And he...
article LA-Area Casinos Are Opening Restaurants and Bars for the Holiday Weekend
(California) -- A number of greater Los Angeles-area casinos are reopening this weekend, complicating the state’s stay at home mandates during what could be a...
article Column: Santa Anita jockeys find a stay-at-home order that they can live with
(California) -- The break-in occurred early in the morning, Aaron Gryder standing on a flipped-over trash can as he tried to squeeze his body through a trailer window...
article New-look Santa Anita cashes winning ticket as racing returns
(California) -- Horses are thundering down the stretch again at Santa Anita. There are no fans or owners cheering them on. No photos in the winner’s circle. No...
article Chicken Ranch Bingo and Casino plans to reopen 1 June
(California) -- Tribal Leaders of the Chicken Ranch Rancheria Me-Wuk Indians announced that Chicken Ranch Bingo & Casino in Jamestown, California will reopen at 8 a....

5/22/2020

article Newsom to announce California casino reopening guidance
(California) -- Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday that he plans to issue reopening guidance for casinos and card rooms around June 8. This comes as some casinos, like...
article 'Dreamt of this moment': Reopening day is here for six casinos around the Coachella Valley
(California) -- Six casinos in or near the Coachella Valley are opening their doors Friday to guests who are ready to gamble on slot machines and card games, despite a...
article Casinos reopen amid pandemic
(California) -- Two regional casinos re-opened their doors to the public this week despite concerns from the county’s leading health authority and the governor of...
article More casinos to reopen in San Diego County, more restaurants and shops reopen too
(California) -- Two more tribal casinos will reopen Friday and more restaurants and shops will open their doors for in-person service, as San Diego County steps...
article Cher-Ae Heights Casino opens doors with new safety protocols during the pandemic
(California) -- Cher-Ae Heights General Manager Ryan Sundberg announced Friday the casino is opening its doors to the public. According to their website, employees have...
article Chicken Ranch Casino To Reopen Next Month
(California) -- Chicken Ranch Casino will reopen next month, and officials note that the opening will include health and safety changes for staff and customers. After...

5/21/2020

article Cache Creek Casino Betting on Social Distancing for Eventual Reopening
(California) -- When Kari Smith walks onto the gaming floor of Cache Creek Casino in Yolo County these days, the veteran general manager can scarcely reconcile the sound...
article Casino employee fears reopening amid coronavirus pandemic
(California) -- Several of the valley's casinos are opening their doors to the public once again. The casinos reopening have implemented many safety precautions, the...
article Bear River Casino to reopen Sunday despite public health concerns of Humboldt officials
(California) -- In a controversial move, Bear River Casino Resort said they plan to reopen their doors Sunday, May 24. "We are excited to announce we are reopening...

5/20/2020

article 3 Inland Empire casinos set to reopen with restrictions
(California) -- Three tribal casinos in Southern California have announced plans to reopen Friday after temporarily shutting down because of the coronavirus pandemic....
article Casinos Return As County Moves to Accelerate Reopening Process
(California) -- Casinos throughout San Diego County are beginning to restart their gaming machines. Though California Governor Gavin Newsom asked tribal governments to...
article Casino Pauma To Remain Closed, Bucking Local Tribal Casino Trend
(California) -- Casino Pauma announced Wednesday that it will remain closed for the time being in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, bucking the trend of many...
article County awaits approval to allow in-person dining, allows funerals with restrictions
(California) -- San Diego County officials on Wednesday loosened public health restrictions on gatherings for funerals as they waited for state approval to start...
article Gold Country Casino Resort announces reopening date
(California) -- Gold Country Casino Resort in Oroville will be reopening its doors on May 22, the Tribal Council of the Berry Creek Rancheria announced Wednesday morning...
article Here Are The Casinos Planning To Reopen For Memorial Day Weekend
(California) -- As California and the rest of the U.S. begins to reopen from the coronavirus shutdown, several casinos in the Southland are set to welcome back gamblers...
article TRIBAL LEADERS: In Response: Casinos reopening is a matter of sovereignty
(California) -- Re “San Diego County casinos are about to gamble with patrons’ lives” (May 14): Your editorial board has expressed concern over the...
article Casino Pauma to remain temporarily closed
(California) -- Choosing to follow the advice of Governor Gavin Newsom and the guidance of government and health officials instead of the trend of several California-...

5/19/2020

article Several Southern California casinos to reopen Friday
(California) -- Several Southern California casinos announced they will open reopen Friday, May 22 after being shuttered for roughly two months due to concerns over the...
article Some California casinos roll the dice on reopening while others wait
(California) -- Sacramento area casinos have not announced plans to re-open during California’s stay at home order, while others have. Gov. Gavin Newsom wrote a...
article Two Sacramento area casinos set reopen dates, despite pleas from Gov. Newsom to delay
(California) -- After two months of shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic, two of greater Sacramento’s Indian casinos announced reopening dates Tuesday in...
article Harrah’s, Morongo casinos to reopen Friday
(California) -- Harrah’s Resort Southern California near Valley Center and Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa near Cabazon are the latest Southern California casinos...
article Multiple Tribal Casinos Reopening by End of the Week
(California) -- Three tribal casinos in Southern California are set to reopen Friday after being shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was announced Tuesday....
article San Diego County Indian Casinos Reopen Amid State, County Criticism
(California) -- On Monday, Casinos in San Diego County began reopening despite several weeks of please from the local, state, and federal levels of government.
article Spotlight 29, Morongo and Tortoise Rock casinos all set to open Friday
(California) -- Owners of Spotlight 29,Tortoise Rock and the two Morongo casinos announced on Tuesday plans to reopen Friday — the earliest opening date yet for...
article Cher-Ae Heights Casino to Reopen Friday Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Plans to Offer Special Senior Hours
(California) -- Days after Bear River Casino announced that it would reopen on May 24, Cher-Ae Heights has shared on social media that it will also reopen this Friday...
article Humboldt County casino openings a ‘big concern,’ top health official says
(California) -- As California enters the next phase of its stay-at-home order, casinos are beginning to consider re-opening to the public, a topic of concern for...
article SACBEE: Some California casinos bet on reopening, but don’t gamble your life with COVID-19
(California) -- If you wouldn’t bet your life on a card game, don’t even think about visiting a casino during the coronavirus pandemic. Casinos around...

5/18/2020

article Casinos Are Reopening, But Will People Go?
(California) -- Several casinos are reopening today after momentarily shutting around 2 months earlier, but citizens have various viewpoints on whether people will or...
article California tribal casinos start to reopen, masks required
(California) -- One of California's largest tribal casinos reopened Monday to a large crowd as customers had their temperatures taken at the door and were ordered to...
article Northern California casinos nearly ready to open doors — but Newsom wants tribes to back off
(California) -- Northern California’s casinos are gearing up to reopen — with temperature stations to screen customers for COVID-19 and fewer slot machines...
article Some casinos run by Native Americans are set to reopen, not subject to US laws
(California) -- Several San Diego casinos are taking a gamble with COVID-19 this week and are reopening. Because these casinos are on Native American reservations, they...
article Casinos, Lake Jennings campground, and libraries set to reopen with restrictions
(California) -- Four San Diego Indian casinos will restart operations beginning Monday. Viejas Casino and Resort in Alpine will open Monday, followed Wednesday by Sycuan...
article Expanded Cahuilla Casino Hotel near Anza, California, plans to reopen soon amid coronavirus pandemic
(California) -- The Cahuilla Band of Indians announced on Friday plans to reopen its recently expanded Cahuilla Casino Hotel near Anza, California, on May 27. The move...
article Four San Diego casinos set to reopen to the public this week
(California) -- Five San Diego casinos will be opening their doors this week to the public, despite Governor Gavin Newsom's request they reconsider. Viejas opened...
article Readers React: As casinos roll the dice with reopening, should patrons return?
(California) -- Regarding “San Diego County casinos are about to gamble with patrons’ lives” (May 15): The county, city and state have no real jurisdiction over casinos...

5/17/2020

article Casinos Are Reopening, But Will People Go?
(California) -- Several casinos are reopening this week after temporarily closing about two months ago, but residents differ on whether people will or should take a...
article San Diego-area casinos set to reopen this week with Viejas up first
(California) -- Several San Diego-area casinos are planning to reopen to the public this week for the first time in more than two months after closing in the wake of the...

5/16/2020

article Governor appeals to tribes to reconsider their decisions to reopen casinos
(California) -- Gov. Gavin Newsom has appealed to San Diego County’s tribal governments to reconsider their decisions to reopen their casinos this week. In a...
article Newsom urges California tribes to reconsider opening casinos in 'interest of public health'
(California) -- Gov. Gavin Newsom is urging California tribes to reconsider announcing reopening dates for their casinos. While tribes are sovereign nations and...
article San Diego County blinks first, agreeing to let local tribes reopen casinos
(California) -- San Diego County has the most tribal-operated casinos per capita than any other county in the United States. All have been closed since March to prevent...
article Which San Diego County Casinos Are Reopening?
(California) -- Four San Diego County casinos will begin reopening this week, two months after temporarily closing due to the coronavirus pandemic. Jamul Casino joins...

5/15/2020

article Newsom urges California tribal casinos to reconsider opening, citing coronavirus
(California) -- Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday appealed to a group of Native American tribes to reconsider plans to reopen their casinos in the coming days, warning that...
article Dr. Wilma Wooten admits she doesn’t have power to prevent tribal casinos reopening
(California) -- The county appeared to soften its stance Thursday in regard to tribal casino reopenings, a day after announcements that operations will be restarted on...
article Here’s when Southern California casinos plan to reopen
(California) -- Although many Southern California businesses remain closed amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, some tribal-owned casinos have announced reopening plans...
article These Southern California casinos have announced reopening dates
(California) -- We’re back for the first Thursday Casino Insider in a while! We’re hoping this is the beginning of so much news you’ll see us every week like in the...
article Against Public Health Advice, Bear River Casino Plans to Reopen a Week From Sunday
(California) -- Below is a press release from Bear River Casino and Resort. Before publishing it, we spoke briefly with Kayla Corder, the tribe’s casino’s...
article Fresno County casino making ends meet during COVID-19 outbreak by selling gas, food
(California) -- While the doors to the gaming floor remain closed because of the restrictions brought on by COVID-19, the Mono Wind Casino in the Fresno County community...

5/14/2020

article County backs off plan to block casino openings, recognizes sovereign right
(California) -- County officials on Thursday backed off of their opposition to tribal nations’ plans to reopen casinos that have been closed for two months and now...
article San Diego County health officials critical of casinos' plans to reopen next week
(California) -- San Diego County health officials were critical of local casinos’ plans for reopening when asked about the issue during Wednesday's daily...
article San Diego County officials walk back comments on casinos reopening
(California) -- A drastic change in tone from the county's top health officer, 24 hours after vowing to work with the CDC to prevent local casinos from re-opening...

5/13/2020

article County Could Spar With Casinos; Government Offices Look To Reopen
(California) -- San Diego County officials continue to reopen portions of the economy — including county offices — but could come into conflict with local...
article County to call on feds to help block tribal casinos from reopening Monday
(California) -- San Diego County Public Health Officer Wilma Wooten on Wednesday said she strongly disagrees with local casinos’ plans to resume operations Monday...
article San Diego County Health Officer Opposes Casinos’ Early Reopening Plans
(California) -- San Diego County’s Public Health Officer said Wednesday plans by several tribal casinos to reopen in the coming week create a health risk amid the...
article ‘We do not agree’ with May reopening dates for local casinos, county says
(California) -- One by one, San Diego’s Native American gaming tribes are announcing plans to reopen their respective facilities to the public, with some reopening...
article Valley View reopening May 22
(California) -- Almost exactly two months after closing in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Valley View Casino will reopen next week. “I’m not sure I...
article Coachella Valley casinos prepare to reopen following coronavirus closures
(California) -- Workers wiped down slot machines at Spotlight 29 Casino in Coachella. Hourly cleaning of each machine is just one of several new measures in place that...
article Valley View and Sycuan casinos plan to reopen next week
(California) -- As the state tiptoes back into reopening, two tribal casinos in San Diego County have announced reopening dates after temporarily closing months ago to...

5/12/2020

article Tribe, casino offer community support
(California) -- The Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria and Bear River Casino Resort in Loleta recently donated $2,000 to help support the Betty Kwan Chinn...

5/11/2020

article 8 San Diego casinos to reopen this month
(California) -- Eight Native American gaming tribes in San Diego County are gearing up to reopen their casinos beginning on May 18. In a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom,...

5/10/2020

article Bear River Donates $2,000 to Food for People & Betty Chinn Homeless Foundation
(California) -- The Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria and Bear River Casino Resort located in Loleta, California donated $2,000 to help support The Betty Kwan...

5/9/2020

article Tribes tell Newsom they plan to reopen Southern California casinos. What about north state?
(California) -- Eight Southern California Indian tribes have told Gov. Gavin Newsom they plan to begin reopening their casinos May 18, even as the governor pleads with...

4/27/2020

article California Tribes Consider Reopening Plans
(California) -- A longtime observer of tribal gaming, a member of one of the largest gaming tribes in California, has described the overall atmosphere there as like...

4/24/2020

article Augustine Casino Announces Layoffs, Furloughs Affecting 93% of Its Workforce
(California) -- Augustine Casino in Coachella will be laying off 75 employees and furloughing 210 others in response to losing millions of dollars in revenue since...

4/23/2020

article Augustine Casino Announces Layoffs, Furloughs Affecting 93% of Its Workforce
(California) -- Augustine Casino in Coachella announced Thursday it would be laying off 75 employees and furloughing 210 others in response to losing millions of dollars...

4/22/2020

article California Tribal Casinos Probably Facing Many Months of Significantly Decreased Business
(California) -- The vast majority of tribal casinos operating in the state of California shut down their operations recently due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic...

4/15/2020

article Fitch Revises Quechan's Outlook to Negative; Affirms 'B' IDR
(California) -- Fitch Ratings has affirmed the Quechan Indian Tribe's (Quechan) Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at 'B'. In addition, Fitch has affirmed Quechan...

4/11/2020

article Bear River Casino’s Community Service Initiative Brings Pizza To Essential Workers
(California) -- Bear River Casino Resort made surprise pizza deliveries from Funky Monkey’s in Fortuna on Monday, April 6th to the Fortuna Grocery Outlet, Green...

4/9/2020

article No one really knows when casinos will reopen, but here are their best bets
(California) -- As the novel coronavirus pandemic continues, tribal-owned casinos across Southern California remain closed and the target for reopening continues to...

4/5/2020

article Tribal casino closures will 'be crippling for some' if stretched into June, casino GM predicts
(California) -- Helen Galaris of Los Angeles has been visiting Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio on weekends for years. As a loyal customer, Galaris has a host who...
press release Bear River Casino Resort Closed Until Further Notice
(California) -- The Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria will continue the temporary closure of Bear River Casino Resort beyond the previous April 10th...

4/2/2020

article Golden Gate Racing Suspended by Health Department
(California) -- In accordance with instructions received the morning of April 2 from the Alameda County Public Health Officer, Golden Gate Fields will temporarily close...

3/30/2020

article Jackson Rancheria Casino Extends Temporary Closure Amid Coronavirus, Cuts 275 Jobs
(California) -- The Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is extending its temporary closure indefinitely amid the coronavirus pandemic. The casino suspended operations back...
article Valley View Casino & Hotel, Agua Caliente casinos extend coronavirus closure
(California) -- Valley View Casino & Hotel in Valley Center and the Agua Caliente casinos in the Coachella Valley both recently announced plans to extend their...
article Jackson Rancheria Casino Extends Temporary Closure Amid Coronavirus, Cuts 275 Jobs
(California) -- The Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is extending its temporary closure indefinitely amid the coronavirus pandemic. The casino suspended operations back...

3/29/2020

article California lottery closes office after Sacramento employee tests positive for coronavirus
(California) -- The California State Lottery has closed its Sacramento office to employees after one of them tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a staff...

3/28/2020

press release Harrah’s Northern California extends team member pay through 16 April
(California) -- Harrah's Northern California Tribal and property leadership are notifying team members impacted by the temporary suspension in operations that they...

3/27/2020

article Dreaming of lottery riches? Virus could cut jackpots
(California) -- Hoping to escape all the coronavirus-caused economic uncertainty by winning a giant lottery jackpot? Think again. Those jackpots are going to shrink as...

3/25/2020

article Casinos closed by coronavirus donate perishable food
(California) -- Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio and Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon, all temporarily closed...
article Riverside, San Bernardino county tribes donate thousands of pounds of food to nonprofits
(California) -- With their casinos closed, many local tribes have opted to donate their unused food to nonprofits that can distribute it to locals in need. Over the past...

3/24/2020

article Mono Wind is fifth tribal casino in Valley to close as a coronavirus precaution
(California) -- The last holdout among Indian casinos in the central San Joaquin Valley against closing as a coronavirus precaution has shut its doors until at least...
article Colusa Casino Resort closes amid coronavirus pandemic
(California) -- The Cachil Dehe Band of Wintum Indians of the Colusa Indian Community and the Colusa Casino Resort executive leadership team announced on the evening of...
article How to play at Southern California casinos virtually amid the coronavirus pandemic
(California) -- If you’re bummed because you can’t visit the casinos — as those in Southern California have closed due to the novel coronavirus...

3/23/2020

article California Sports Betting Plans may Have to Wait due to the Coronavirus
(California) -- California was one of the first large states to employ a shelter-in-place order to combat the spread of the coronavirus with Gov. Gavin Newsom issuing...

3/20/2020

article Most San Diego area casinos close in wake of COVID-19
(California) -- The slot machines and poker tables went silent at most of San Diego County’s casinos at noon Friday, the latest casualties in an escalating...
article San Diego Tribal Casinos To Close Starting At Noon Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
(California) -- Five tribal casinos in San Diego County will close starting at noon Friday amid concerns over the coronavirus and will remain closed through the end of...

3/19/2020

article Five San Diego Tribal Casinos Are Temporarily Closing, Citing Coronavirus
(California) -- Closure announcements from California tribal entities have been increasing in recent days, a ball that got rolling last Saturday when the operators...

3/18/2020

article Gold Country Casino temporarily suspending operations
(California) -- Gold Country Casino announced on its website Wednesday that it is “temporarily suspending operations until further notice” in response to the...
article Pala Casino, Spa & Resort and Cahuilla Casino temporarily close amid coronavirus concerns
(California) -- Pala Casino, Spa & Resort in northern San Diego County and Cahuilla Casino in Anza are the most recent casino properties to close their doors...
article Sherwood Valley Casino temporarily suspends operations to prevent spread of COVID-19
(California) -- Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo Indians announced Wednesday that in an abundance of precaution they have made the difficult decision to suspend all...
article Tribal Casinos In San Diego County Shutting Down Temporarily Starting Friday
(California) -- Even though schools and businesses have mostly shut down to stop the spread of the coronavirus, several San Diego County casinos remained open Wednesday...
article Tribal leaders announce closures of San Diego County casinos amid coronavirus
(California) -- Wednesday afternoon, San Diego tribal leaders announced the closures of county casinos amid the coronavirus outbreak. Tribal government leaders of the...
press release Barona, Campo, Jamul, Sycuan, and Viejas Jointly Announce Casino Closures in Response to COVID-19
(California) -- Tribal government leaders of the Barona Band of Mission Indians, Campo Kumeyaay Nation, Jamul Indian Village, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation and...

3/17/2020

article Coronavirus concerns push Soboba, Agua Caliente and Valley View casinos to close temporarily
(California) -- Soboba Casino Resort near San Jacinto, the Agua Caliente casinos in Rancho Mirage and Palm Springs and Valley View Casino and Hotel in San Diego County...
article Coronavirus: Agua Caliente, Fantasy Springs, Morongo latest Coachella Valley casinos to announce temporary closures
(California) -- The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Morongo Band of Mission Indians and Cabazon Band of Mission Indians on Tuesday became the latest tribes in...
article Elk Valley Casino Closes Temporarily Due to COVID-19
(California) -- In consideration of recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and requests from both federal and state governments, the Elk Valley...
article Jackson Rancheria casino, hotel to close amid COVID-19 concerns
(California) -- The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians announced Tuesday they will close most of its facilities, including its casino, and one of its annual events...
article Paiute Palace Casino in Bishop closes through end of March
(California) -- Effective March 17 at noon, the Bishop Paiute Tribal Council is responding to the emergency situation of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and has made the decision...
article Some North State casinos close, some remain open for business
(California) -- The casinos run by several North State tribes in California have been making decisions about their operations for gaming, food services, and other...
article Thunder Valley, Red Hawk Casinos Announce Temporary Closures Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
(California) -- Area casinos are now announcing they will be closing over coronavirus concerns. Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Placer County said on Monday they would...
article Which Southern California casinos are open and closed amid coronavirus pandemic
(California) -- As concerns have continued to grow and restrictions have continued to increase amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, many of Southern California’s...
article Why are the DMV and some casinos still open in San Diego County?
(California) -- Despite the numerous pandemic-related closures throughout San Diego County, several businesses and organizations remain open. Two in particular have...
article SCHEUTZ: Bad Regulations Can Leave a Scar
(California) -- A ridiculous requirement that applicants for gaming licenses must report all “scars” on their bodies to the regulatory authority is a great...

3/16/2020

article Bear River Casino to Close
(California) -- The Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria has decided to suspend operations at its Bear River Casino and Hotel, Thirsty Bear Lounge, River’s...
article Coronavirus concerns prompt Fantasy Springs, Morongo casinos to close; others shutter some amenities
(California) -- Fantasy Springs Resort Casino and Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa announced on Monday, March 16, that they would temporarily close to help prevent the...
article Jackson Rancheria casino closing for 2 weeks as Thunder Valley cuts back over coronavirus
(California) -- The Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is closing for two weeks because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, but the 1,175 workers at the casino will...
article Table Mountain, Eagle Mountain casinos announce temporary closures as coronavirus precaution
(California) -- Table Mountain Casino in Friant planned to close its doors in response to growing coronavirus concerns and calls by health officials to limit public...
article Why are some Southern California casinos still open during coronavirus pandemic?
(California) -- While a number of Southern California casinos have shut their doors to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, some were still open for gambling as of...
press release Bear River Casino to Suspend Operations Tomorrow a ‘Minimum of One Week’
(California) -- The Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria is continually monitoring updates on COVID- 19 from The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), The World...

3/15/2020

article Coronavirus pandemic shutters more Southern California casinos temporarily
(California) -- As screens turned dark around them as the clock inched closer to 5 p.m., people still spun the reels on still-operational slot machines at San Manuel...
article Pechanga, San Manuel casinos to close until April
(California) -- Pechanga Resort Casino and San Manuel Casino said Saturday they will both close temporarily in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The two Southern...
article San Manuel, Pechanga casinos to close temporarily amid coronavirus fears
(California) -- San Manuel Casino in Highland and Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula announced Saturday, March 14, that they would temporarily suspend operations through...
article Northern California casino closes to stem coronavirus. Newsom working with tribal leaders
(California) -- Cache Creek Casino Resort announced Sunday evening it’s closing temporarily in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Cache Creek’s...

3/14/2020

article California casinos asked to make changes as some card rooms close due to coronavirus outbreak
(California) -- The action was intense Friday at a Baccarat table inside the Red Hawk Casino as eight players, most of them elderly, sat elbow to elbow placing bets...

3/2/2020

article Calif. Need Not Shield Tribal Card Games, 9th Circ. Told [sub req]
(California) -- California asked the Ninth Circuit on Friday to reject three tribes' bid to revive their suit contending the state is wrongly allowing nontribal card...

2/25/2020

article HAWAIIAN GARDENS: California AG Becerra Took Over $500,000 From Tribal Casinos, Now His Agency is Paying Them Back
(California) -- In June 2019, Hews Media Group-Los Cerritos Community News exclusively reported on several large California Tribal Casinos giving nearly $300,000 to...
article 4 things that may be coming to a casino near you, including beer
(California) -- Over the span of only a couple decades Southern California’s casinos have grown from small-scale gaming operations to full-fledged resorts boasting...
article California Lottery officials shortchanged schools by millions, state audit says
(California) -- The management of the California Lottery was sharply criticized Tuesday by state officials, who released a scathing audit alleging that the agency...

2/13/2020

article Yes, that casino you saw in that movie or Netflix comedy is in Southern California
(California) -- Some of Southern California’s casinos have reached iconic status with their giant hotel towers, expansive gaming floors and Vegas-style decor, so...
article City Attorney Is Investigating Private Companies That Allegedly 'Funneled' Money to DPW Holiday Parties
(California) -- Subpoenas issued Wednesday by the City Attorney's Office for records and emails from eight private companies and non-profits appear to relate in part...

2/11/2020

press release Largest California Tribal Gaming Association Announces Support for Sports Betting Initiative at the 25th Western Indian Gaming Conference
(California) -- Celebrating a quarter century, more than 450 tribal leaders, regulators, industry professionals and policy experts, gathered at the 25th annual Western...

1/27/2020

article LAFCo approves annexing Middletown Rancheria land into Callayomi County Water District
(California) -- The Lake Local Area Formation Commission has approved a proposal to annex Middletown Rancheria land into the Callayomi County Water District in order to...

1/19/2020

article SCHUETZ: The California Legislature: A Parliament of Whores
(California) -- Kyle Kirkland is a card room owner in California, and also serves as the president of the California Gaming Association, a group that represents card...

1/18/2020

article From decor to dining, here’s what Southern California’s casinos are doing for Lunar New Year
(California) -- Lunar New Year is often celebrated with games of chance not only because it’s considered an auspicious time by people who celebrate it, but also...

1/17/2020

article California Bureau of Gambling Control Releases Updated Proposals on House-Banked Casino Games
(California) -- After over one year of talks and deliberations, the major California gaming regulator California Bureau of Gambling Control has released a new collection...

1/8/2020

article Senator Dodd Introduces California Racing Safety Bill
(California) -- California Sen. Bill Dodd introduced legislation in the state Jan. 7 aimed at improving horse racing safety and building on last year's reforms. Dodd...

1/7/2020

article Tribes Say Calif. Stuck In 'Catch-22' In Card Game Rights Suit [sub req]
(California) -- Two tribes urged the Ninth Circuit on Monday to revive a suit claiming California is wrongly allowing nontribal cardrooms to offer blackjack, baccarat...

1/3/2020

article Tribes Ask 9th Circ. To Review Card Game Exclusivity [sub req]
(California) -- Three tribes have asked the Ninth Circuit to revive their suit accusing California of failing to enforce a ban on "banking and percentage" card...

12/30/2019

article What’s coming to casinos in 2020: New restaurants, hotels and more
(California) -- In 2020, expect more growth and development at Southern California casinos. Expect lavish new hotels, more gaming space and additional restaurants. Some...

12/28/2019

article Police shut down suspected illegal casino in Bakersfield
(California) -- About 12:40 a.m. Friday, Bakersfield Police Department officers were conducting a patrol check at 203 East California Ave. Investigating officers found a...

12/19/2019

press release STATEMENT: CNIGA Chairman James Siva on Card Club Claims
(California) -- “The card clubs are engaged in a desperate attempt to mislead regulators and the public. We commend the Attorney General and the Bureau of Gambling...
article Down and Out on California’s Reservations
(California) -- “The location of Fort Bidwell is pretty landlocked,” says Kevin Dean Townsend, chair of the Gidutikad Band of Northern Paiute, also known as...

12/16/2019

article CNIGA Leadership Passes the Baton
(California) -- It was a changing of the guard at the annual meeting of the California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA). At the meeting, held in Valley Center,...

12/13/2019

article Casino Insider: Ideas for celebrating New Year’s Eve
(California) -- If you haven’t started making your plans on how to celebrate the arrival of 2020, we’ve compiled what Southern California’s casinos are...

12/8/2019

article California Nations Indian Gaming Association bids farewell to leadership
(California) -- The California Nations Indian Gaming Association held a farewell for some of its long-serving executive committee members and staff on Wednesday. Among...

12/7/2019

article Tribal casinos make bold play to control sports betting in California — and legislators are not happy
(California) -- Betting that California is moving toward legalizing sports wagers, American Indian tribes are looking to dominate the action. A powerful coalition of...
article Casino Insider: Where to eat at Southern California casinos for Christmas
(California) -- It seems like Thanksgiving was just last week (and it was), but now the area’s casinos are looking ahead to Christmas. Here’s what they...

12/5/2019

press release CNIGA Elects New Chairman and Executive Board Members, Pechanga Re-Joins Organization
(California) -- At the organization’s annual meeting, the California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA) elected James Siva as the new chairman and Mike...

12/4/2019

article New Year Same CA Sports Betting Bill, To Be Heard In January
(California) -- California lawmakers are expecting to begin sports betting hearings on January 15, 2020. State Senator Bill Dodd filed CA ACA 16 to be heard next year....
article Rincon’s Steve Stallings ends presidency of CNIGA
(California) -- Steve Stallings, a council member of the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, this week ended his second and final term as chairman of the California Nations...

12/1/2019

article Casino steakhouse wine lists put cheer in holiday season
(California) -- Is it a coincidence that red and white are two of the colors associated with the holidays? We think not. Whether you pop open some blanc de blanc bubbly...

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